The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is a 3,100-mile trail that runs on or near the Continental Divide, from Canada to Mexico. However, the route is not complete. Most of the route through Colorado has been designated, though some sections of trail are not built. From Rollins Pass south to James Peak, the trail is designated with CDT-branded markers (photo). Spectacular views along this trail overlook the lakes within the James Peak Wilderness.
The South Boulder Creek Trail reaches the Divide at Rogers Pass. From here, the Continental Divide Trail traverses the steep west slope of the Divide towards James Peak on an old road grade. The road grade turns off the Divide at the Ute Trail. The Continental Divide Trail continues to the summit of James Peak.
At a Glance
Sections of this trail enter into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, which requires camping permits for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15. Day-hiking permits are free year round.
Sections of this trail enter into the Indian Peaks (see the "Permit Info" section) and James Peak Wilderness Areas. Restrictions apply:
Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Practice Leave No Trace principles
U.S. Forest Service
Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us
Directions: There are no trailheads on Boulder Ranger District that serve the Continental Divide Trail. It can be hiked to via South Boulder Creek Trail and Forest Lakes Trail.